Tag: Activities

Posted on: November 29, 2019 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2019 Professor Debate

We had six professors debate the topic, “Do we live in a simulation.” Thank you to Mary Conklin – Psychology, Gregory Turk – Computer Science, Predrag Citanovic – Physics, Zeb Rocklin – Physics, Hans Klein – Philosophy, and Santosh Vampali – Computer Science for giving their time to share their opinions with us students! Citanovic proved to be an interesting addition to the debate and provided ample physics shenanigans.

Posted on: August 23, 2019 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2019 SPS/SWiP Ice Cream Social

This years ice cream social was a huge success, many members new and old gathered together to eat delicious ice cream. Professor Martin Mourigal showed up of course and stole the show with a demonstration of superconductivity with some of the materials he makes in his lab. Thank you to everyone who participated, over 120 people came out!

Posted on: April 23, 2019 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2019 SPS Cookout

This year’s department cookout was a great success! We had hot dogs and burgers and even mac and cheese. The capri-suns were a surprising hit. Thank you so much to graduating seniors to Douglas Stewart and Trey Schieper for organizing it. Thank you to Liam Regan, TJ Morietti, and Robin Glefke for manning the grills; also to Martino Stino, and Damon Griffin for lending a hand. At the end of the day, freshmen Paige and Yorick pulled out the cotton candy machine and tried their best at it (it was moderately sucessful)!

Posted on: April 20, 2019 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2019 SPS Formal

Formal this year was absolutely amazing! Our committee team put together beautiful decorations and food. We said goodbye to the seniors and it was terribly sad, but we will keep in touch, of course. Traditionally graduating members sign a pillar in our lounge, but we have been around long enough that it is full! We then got creative and had the seniors sign a ceiling tile instead. Goodbye notes were written to all the graduates and paper plate awards handed out as well. Festivities ended with a tour of the Howey Observatory. Here’s to old friends and new traditions.

Posted on: March 9, 2019 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2019 Smash Tournament

Something new the SPS tried this semester, under the leadership of amazing fundraising chair Martino Stino, was a smash tournament fundraiser. It was a SMASHing success! The top rankings are as follows: PM Singles – 1st Mathilda Avirett-Mackenzie, 2nd Ben Kalziqi, 3rd Aradhya Rajanala; Melee Doubles – 1st Mathilda Avirett-Mackenzie/Tristan …

Posted on: November 30, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 December Meeting – White Elephant

In traditional fashion, the SPS got together before the end of the semester, and before finals, to decompress and spend time together performing shenanigans. The gifts were pretty hilarious: Samus brought a giant can of beans, Vivian Romero brought yarn (stolen three times!), Tony Aportela brought a box of things from his childhood. CJ Llorente gave the gift of knowledge in his old PDF textbooks. There was lots of candy and money. Mathilda Avirett-Mackenzie also brought a bunch of squash. Most importantly, the new gatekeeper of the SPS was named…Paige! Allover it was a fantastic time and we laughed and laughed at each other’s terribly ridiculous gifts. Until next year…

Posted on: November 2, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 November Meeting – Murder in Howey

For the spooky season, the SPS played a game called Murder in Howey (lovingly named by our past members). The game is like a mixture of tag and mafia: there are two secret murderers who walk/run around the halls of Howey with us regular players while trying to pick us off one by one…..

Posted on: October 31, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 Pumpkin Smash

This year the SPS paired up with the Society of Women in Physics to combine our spooky halloween events into one big exciting event! There was pumpkin painting, a bake sale, a costume contest, and – the SPSs big contribution – THE PUMPKIN DROP. This years drop was more exciting than any before because we had professors sponsor pumpkins. For 25$, 50$, and 100$, professors could buy a pumpkin which we would drop in their honor, carve whatever they wanted, and finally freeze with liquid nitrogen. In good humor, two professors – Flavio Fenton and JC Gumbart commissioned pumpkins with jabs at the other! The event in total was a huge sucess and raised SPS and SWIP a lot of money for conferences, trips, and events. Here’s to hoping we can make it even better next year!

Posted on: September 21, 2018 Posted by: Your Officers Comments: 0

2018 September Meeting – Waffle Party

The SPS hosted their annual Waffle Party to welcome new members and share our love of breakfast sweets! As always, it was a crazy feat to feed so many people with so few waffle makers, but this year the event was made better with a special waffle mix recipe! They were extra delicious!